April 28, 2017 Subject:
Amazing. As good now as the first time I heard it, maybe better. Pigpen proves what a great frontman is all about - a secret weapon, used for maximum potency and quality, not quantity....not some ubiquitous dork prancing around and whining for 90 minutes in spandex (why are so many British bands from this era obsessed with that sort?)
Reviewer:Bill the Drummer
June 15, 2016 Subject:
And Leave it On!
With all due respect to Mind Wondrin, Lovelight was indeed a sandwich. If you would listen to it, the first take does not end as in the traditional ending of the song, but rather a Jerry jam into Me And My Uncle. And BTW, I was there,, it was my second show, following on the heels of the bands show on 2.2.69, which was the grand opening of the Labor Temple, Minneapolis' answer to The Fillmore.
February 6, 2016 Subject:
One long set
One of the best 4/69 shows, almost as good as 4/13 & 4/17. Apparently they followed Bobby Lyle Quintet, and one or more local bands. After getting there a little late they set up and played just one set including a 20min Lovelight...and then a 15min one! They weren't picky in early 69 about things like that - just letting it flow. it takes a lot though, to stand out, when they played these sequences night after night. So many of the shows are nearly identical.
Hot Lovelights are a dime a dozen in '69, yet here's one unlike the std fare - listen and see if you can see why. There's a great segue into Me & My Uncle, though Phil gets a little tenuous then lost. This may be the version of Sitting On Top of the World you want - there are better performances, but not '69 recordings. Dark Star is the point of the show in Spring 69 and this one covers as much ground as two other 69s. The rest is typical/average but a second Lovelight must have really confused the casual punters - "Hey wait a minute," said the pie-eyed, "did they play this already or have I jumped to an alternate universe?" It's more of a repeat than a sandwich (the two together are 36min of Lovelight) but Morning Dew is interesting because Jer would put himself into a musical corner just to ladder and arpeggio his way out.
Overall = B/4 Stars
Lovelight - not exactly the same as other Spring 69s
Dark Star - due to the amount of terrain covered
SOURCES: There's this source or Dick's Picks #26.
April 18, 2015 Subject:
Two Lovelights in the same night?
Well, they're both hot ones anyway. Apart from an indifferent Sitting On Top, this is wonderful indeed.
Reviewer:Go Faster, Get Rounder
June 22, 2014 Subject:
Dick's Picks 26 is phenomenol
I can't recommend DP 26 highly enough. I heartily encourage anyone who has not already bought it to do so. You will not be disappointed. Parts of it are even better than Live Dead.
April 25, 2010 Subject:
a nice companion to the Fillmore West DS's
This one is ferocious, relentless. I have a pretty good cassette, and TC is quite audible throughout, which he isn't always from this era (Live Dead being a perfect example). Also, there's some serious primal Dead going on during Lovelight, and the segues into M&MU and then SOTOTW are classic.
April 23, 2010 Subject:
I think this is the better of the 2 shows featured on DP 26. Great DS>SS>11. this dark star gives 4/22 a run for its money; some real intense moments and some great phil/jer interaction. Excellent Eleven, the lovelight sandwich and Sitting' on Top of the World are also real nice.
p.s. I hate how on a lot of official releases (and some shows on the IA) they include the B-major jam as part of St. Stephen. William Tell is part of SS, the B-major sequence IS NOT.
January 17, 2010 Subject:
Maybe this jogs some memories
Hey Magicastle - maybe this jogs your memory. It's a photo I found from inside Aveda. Looks like the 4th floor too, from the shape of the windows.
April 27, 2009 Subject:
40 Years Later
This was always one of my favorite tapes - and i do mean "tapes!"
add 4/23/69 for some bright, sunny Spring tunes, drivin' and blarin'...
May 28, 2008 Subject:
Labor Temple info
If anyone cares, the 'Labor Temple' is on the 4th floor of (what is now) the Aveda beauty school on 4th & Central in Minneapolis, not to far from the U of M. Apparently, this was one REALLY HIP place to see a show back in the 60's... I think the Dead may have been the first band to play there (I may be wrong), But anyway, that would probably explain the WONDERFUL vibe of this show! I wonder if Aveda would let us up there, I'm sure the big room/theatre is still there....
May 24, 2004 Subject:
About 8:30 into this beautiful Dark Star, I heard Mickey making bird chirping sounds! Weird, I thought, I've never heard that in a 69 concert! But then I realized that the chirping might be coming from outside my window, so I turned down the volume. And lo and behold, for the next 5 minutes I was chirping back and forth with this bird, me with my Dark Star (yeah, it's mine), her with her chirp chirp. I'd play it loud for a few seconds then cut it, and this bird would chirp for a few seconds then stop. Now if getting a bird to sing with you for 5 min isn't proof there's some premordial shit behind this music, nothing is.